Be Thou My Vision…


This is probably my favorite hymn of all time.  Not sure why, but something in the words just spoke deep to my heart the first time we sang it (first time for me) in church.  It was years ago, when married and struggling with my faith.  I’m back at that church and hope to see it on the order of service again very soon!

BE THOU MY VISION

Be Thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart;
Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art
Thou my best Thought, by day or by night,
Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light.

Be Thou my Wisdom, and Thou my true Word;
I ever with Thee and Thou with me, Lord;
Thou my great Father, I Thy true son;
Thou in me dwelling, and I with Thee one.

Be Thou my battle Shield, Sword for the fight;
Be Thou my Dignity, Thou my Delight;
Thou my soul’s Shelter, Thou my high Tower:
Raise Thou me heavenward, O Power of my power.

Riches I heed not, nor man’s empty praise,
Thou mine Inheritance, now and always:
Thou and Thou only, first in my heart,
High King of Heaven, my Treasure Thou art.

High King of Heaven, my victory won,
May I reach Heaven’s joys, O bright Heaven’s Sun!
Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,
Still be my Vision, O Ruler of all.

Words: Dallan Forgail (8th Century)

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One thought on “Be Thou My Vision…

  1. How interesting. This is my all time favorite go to hymn when the world hurts me. Has been for years. It’s the world void and me & God. thanks, this song has been forgoten for a while. This song was a source of bitterness in my heart for a bit (Thou my great Father, I Thy true son). I’ve never had a “Father” except God. I’ve never felt loved as someone’s son. Through the battles I became angry and bitter as to why my father would hurt me or allow me to be hurt. BE Thou my battle Shield, Sword for the fight: It seems that’s all I’ve known is battle and fight. This one is where I need to grow. I think God maybe does want me alone. He developed heart and compassion and a warrior spirit to protect the weak. He did this THROUGH the battles I’ve been in since 3 years old (First time mom tried to kill me).   I have only been able to count on me my whole life. The world has always failed. I don’t want to be in the wood shed of God.  Be Thou my Wisdom, and Thou my true Word; I ever with Thee and Thou with me, Lord; Thou my great Father, I Thy true son; Thou in me dwelling, and I with Thee one. Be Thou my battle Shield, Sword for the fight

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